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Over 20,000 Ghanaians test positive for HIV in first half of 2022

As a result, a network of institutions in charge of the nation’s HIV and AIDS response has started engaging national stakeholders as part of procedures to review programs for better results.

The decision, according to the Ghana HIV&AIDS Network (GHANET), a non-profit organization in charge of HIV interventions in the nation, was required because, despite efforts to stop AIDS and reduce new infections, the anticipated impact appeared to be far from being realized.

The network’s president, Ernest Ortsin, said the surge and its unintended consequences proved how important it had become for stakeholders to reevaluate current actions in order to keep the surge under control. Ortsin was speaking during one of these stakeholder meetings in Accra.

The network coordinated the workshop with assistance from the National AIDS Control Program (NACP).

Its focus was on “Rethinking HIV interventions for the country’s vulnerable populations.”

Among the participants were members of the media, decision-makers in government policy, security agency representatives, traditional and religious leaders, and businesswomen.

They discussed new initiatives and programs to include in the upcoming country operational plan (COP).

Dr. Nii Nortey Hanson-Nortey, a public health expert and vice-chair of the Global Fund’s country coordination mechanism, mentioned that the main objectives of national interventions should be mass education, testing, administration of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, promotion of condom use, and anti-retroviral therapy.

However, he claimed that some of the biggest failures in its work include stigmatization, the use of just a clinical method for the delivery of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and anti-retroviral treatment.

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